Looks like 'Gotham' is about to get a whole lot juicier. FOX's much-anticipated Batman prequel recently added writer-producer John Stephens, a veteran of several popular primetime soaps, as executive producer and writer.
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Stephens, who's worked on such guilty pleasures as The WB's 'Gilmore Girls,' The CW's 'Gossip Girl' and FOX's 'The O.C.' comes to the series as part of a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. With his background, there is little doubt that the city of 'Gotham' is in for some soapy shenanigans.
So far 'Gotham' (which just wrapped its pilot) has a series commitment at FOX. This means the network would have to pay a penalty if the show doesn't go to series, even though there isn't actually a series order for the show. Confusing stuff, this showbiz.
If the show does end up going to series, then Stephens will serve as exec-producer, thus reuniting him with former 'O.C' star (and resident "bad boy") Benjamin McKenzie.
McKenzie stars as the young Commissioner Gordon in 'Gotham.' The show is actually an origin story, and revolves around young Jim Gordon, who's now just a lowly detective in the series, along with his partner, Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue).
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The series also features younger versions of the villiains who helped make 'Gotham' famous, like Selina "Catwoman" Kyle (Camren Bicondova) and Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). Jada Pinkett Smith also stars as gangster Fish Mooney.
Stephens, who wrote the children's book "The Books of Beginning" will also develop and create new projects under his deal with WBTV.